It’s Not Built Yet, But Already 412 North Wells Looks Awesome
Mar03

It’s Not Built Yet, But Already 412 North Wells Looks Awesome

  A couple of days ago, our Daniel Schell had a chat with Howard Hirsch, the president of River North architecture firm Hirsch Associates.  In that conversation, Mr. Hirsch told Mr. Schell about a video that was made last month showcasing his firm’s new 412 North Wells building (above).  Word of the video got to me, and I couldn’t help but wonder, “What’s 412 North Wells?” Consulting the Handy Dandy...

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Wicker Park Connection Meets the Public
Feb17

Wicker Park Connection Meets the Public

Tuesday night, 1st Ward Alderman Proco “Joe” Moreno hosted a public meeting at the Chopin Theatre to gain community feedback on the proposed Wicker Park Connection development. Centrum Partners wants to add some 200 units at 1640 West Division Street, which right now serves as a surface parking lot. Designed by Hirsch Associates Architects, the ambitious project will include apartments in a 15-story tower, a seven-story...

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Caution: Work Area. Maybe. [u]
Feb16

Caution: Work Area. Maybe. [u]

We’ve been fooled once before by the surface parking lot at 205 West Hubbard Street in River North. We’ll be darned if anyone’s gonna make us jump to conclusions again. But… There is much anticipation for the Hirsch Associates Architecture design ready to take up two lots on this site, “this site” being the southwest corner of Wells and Hubbard Streets. For it is here that Centrum Partners is...

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TOD Taking Shape at Clark and Belmont
Feb11

TOD Taking Shape at Clark and Belmont

It must be the week to feature new developments taking over doughnut spaces. Wednesday, we updated you on the transition from demolition to construction site at 215 West Lake Street, where Dunkin Donuts once stood. Today, we bring you up to speed on progress at another former Dunkin site, this one at the corner of Belmont Avenue and Clark Street in Lake View. 3200 North Clark is a Transit Oriented Development under construction at...

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Dirt Moving at 215 West Hubbard
Dec08

Dirt Moving at 215 West Hubbard

Just three days after we told you that the Chicago Plan Commission approved the construction of a 22-story residential block and a companion office building at 205 West Hubbard, things are starting to happen in that corner of River North.  The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Zachary Pollack came across soil sampling crews sampling the soil where the new skyscraper project will rise. We’re used to seeing soil sampling done with...

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It’s All Aboard For River North’s Railfan Residences
Nov30

It’s All Aboard For River North’s Railfan Residences

In all the hullabaloo earlier this month about the Chicago Plan Commission approving the construction of both the 95-story Wanda Vista Tower and the 76-story 113 East Roosevelt tower, some smaller — yet not unworthy — projects didn’t get the press they deserved. One of those projects is 205 West Hubbard.  It’s a two-building combo residential and office project that we’re going to call the Railfan Residences until it...

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New River North Skyscraper Takes a Bow at the Paris Club
Apr01

New River North Skyscraper Takes a Bow at the Paris Club

Tuesday night, on the dance floor of the Studio Paris Night Club in River North, 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly hosted a community meeting to introduce the public to 205 West Hubbard — the tower project proposed for the intersection of Wells and Hubbard Streets. Once a sizable crowd settled into the posh benches beneath an unlit disco ball, Howard Hirsch, president of Hirsch Associates Architecture, filled everyone in on his...

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